That’s exactly what London design studio KIWI&POM did, though their creation was actually commissioned by Wallpaper* Magazine. Now I’m not sure if you can actually sit in the chair, since I don’t know what the structural integrity of electroluminescent wire is like, but I do know the chair comes complete with a pulse setting causing it flash on and off making it the center of attention in any room.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Wondering What To Do With That 200 Linear Meters Of Electroluminescent Wire You Have Lying Around? Make A Disco Chair!
Looks like the Android-toting Cius wasn't the only tablet out of Cisco this week -- the company's also announced a countertop unit for home energy management with a 7-inch, 800 x 480 capacitive touch screen. Running Ubuntu Linux for MID on a 1.1GHz Intel Atom chip, the Home Energy Controller connects to smart thermostats and appliances over 802.11n WiFi or gigabit ethernet using protocols including ZigBee. It then lets you keep tabs on your electricity usage, and suggests ways you could improve -- assuming you're using the tablet for its intended purpose instead of watching hardware-accelerated videos on Mediafly, browsing the included app store, or (potentially) using it as a phone of some sort. Forbes reports the device will run $900 per installation, though it's more likely it'll arrive subsidized by a monthly power bill. See it in action right after the break, and hit up that PDF at the more coverage link for a full spec sheet.
Panasonic should be living the easy life, the newest iteration of its acclaimed V-series plasma HDTVs have been touted as having the best looking 2D and 3D available, the first 24-hour US 3D channel launches this week, and there's even at least one Blu-ray 3D movie is on retail shelves. But even with all that, there's a lot of confusion and questions about whether or not 3D is a good thing and what consumers should expect, so it's taking the unusual step of putting Chief Technology Officer Eisuke Tsuyuzaki on a live Ustream webcast taking questions from you, the public. Whether you're wondering if any focus has been taken away from 2D image quality, what can be done about cross manufacturer 3D glasses compatibility or anything else, show up at 3 p.m. EST tomorrow, June 30 and see what Panasonic has to say in response. Check the read link for the Ustream channel or just pop right back here, it's embedded after the break.
I’m not sure who was expecting a price drop in the PS3 — Sony were the ones leading the console revamp charge with the sexy, sales-driving PS3 Slim. I give Sony a lot of flak here on CG, but $300 is simply a great price for the system; if all my money wasn’t already earmarked for coal and candles for my work environment, I might even buy one. But the president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, felt like driving the point home in an IGN interview:
At the moment, we are trying to catch up our production. We have lots of great games coming out and innovations with Move and 3DTV, so we don’t believe this is the time for us to think about a price drop.
Hell yeah, I don’t blame you. The Slims (which they’re finally making money on) are flying off the shelves and Sony is about to start printing money with the move, if what we saw at E3 is any indication.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I’ll believe this when I see it: there are reports that the death grip phenomenon is actually the result of a software error. I’d heard this going around yesterday, but the more specific issue seems to be that the device goes to no signal mode when it should just be switching frequencies. And holding the phone in the “wrong” position aggravates this tendency.
However, I’ve also heard that there may be a coating missing from some of the first batch that would have prevented shorting the antenna array. And I’ve also heard, from Steve Jobs, that this is a non issue and that we’re just holding it wrong — even though that’s the way he holds it.
So. Let’s hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Apparently a bit of tape works nicely.
Red wine can stop blindness.
Too much wine can blur your vision in the short term. But over the long haul? It could prevent blindness, thanks to resveratrol, an anti-aging compound found in red wine. And that’s just the beginning of its benefits.
One of the main causes of blindness, particularly for older patients, is uncontrollable blood vessel growth in the eyes, a process called angiogenesis. (Angiogenesis can also cause certain cancers, heart attacks, and strokes, so it’s about as serious as conditions get.) In the eyes, angiogenesis is a key part of blindness-inducing diseases like diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, the latter of which is the most common cause of blindness for fifty years and older.
Retina specialist Rajendra S. Apte of Washington University in St. Louis is the senior investigator of a new study that charts the effects of resveratrol on mice suffering from angiogenesis. He explains:
“A great deal of research has identified resveratrol as an anti-aging compound, and given our interest in age-related eye disease, we wanted to find out whether there was a link. There were reports on resveratrol’s effects on blood vessels in other parts of the body, but there was no evidence that it had any effects within the eye.”
In the study, mice were given laser treatment that caused abnormal blood vessel growth in their eyes. When given resveratrol, the condition subsided and the vessels started to disappear. They were then able to study the blood vessel cells and find the particular pathway that caused the compound’s beneficial effects. They discovered it was a pathway known as the eukaryotic elongation factor-2 kinase (eEF2) regulated pathway, which isn’t the same pathway found to be responsible for resveratrol’s anti-aging effects in earlier studies.
According to Apte, this could signify a breakthrough, particularly because resveratrol was found both to prevent the formation of new blood vessels and to eradicate existing buildups:
“We have identified a novel pathway that could become a new target for therapies. And we believe the pathway may be involved both in age-related eye disease and in other diseases where angiogenesis plays a destructive role. This could potentially be a preventive therapy in high-risk patients. And because it worked on existing, abnormal blood vessels in the animals, it may be a therapy that can be started after angiogenesis already is causing damage.”
Resveratrol is found in red wine as well as grapes, peanuts, blueberries, and other plants. But don’t break out the boxes of wine just yet – Apte cautions that in order to replicate the effects seen in the mice, a person would need to drink dangerously high quantities of red wine to get the same dosage of resveratrol. If the compound is going to be effective in treatment, it probably would have to be given in pill form, although that doesn’t rule out the possibility that moderate quantities of wine could still provide anti-blindness benefits over time.
There are other caveats to the study. The type of macular degeneration the mice experienced isn’t precisely analogous to that of humans, so it’s not necessarily a given that this treatment will also work for people. Still, Apte is optimistic that these results can indeed be applied to humans, and not just to the eyes. Since angiogenesis is a wide-ranging health risk, finding a way to prevent it in one instance could help in other areas, potentially helping to prevent the onset of heart disease and certain cancers.
The ‘City Respiration Skyscraper’ designed by Czech architects Pavlína Doležalová and Jan Smékal is a helicoidal 240 meter-high structure designed to clean the air of the most polluted cities worldwide. Its primary structure is a concrete ribbon covered by air-cleaning algae. The outer cellular structure is a three-dimensional cluster of individual concrete three-spike units inspired by sea sponges.
This helicoidal structure acts as a chimney where warm and polluted air is captured at the bottom and filtered and oxygenated by the algae and a specialized water-sprayed system. A network of these skyscrapers strategically placed in the most polluted areas could clean a city in a couple of weeks.
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel developed a computer program that they think can detect depression among
“The software program was designed to find depressive content hidden in language that did not mention the obvious terms like “depression” or suicide,” explains Prof. Neuman. “A psychologist knows how to spot various emotional states through intuition. Here, we have a program that does this methodically through the innovative use of ‘web intelligence.’”
For example, the program spots words that express various emotions, like colors that the writer employs to metaphorically describe certain situations. Words like “black” combined with other terms that describe symptoms of depression, such as sleep deprivation or loneliness, will be recognized by the software as “depressive” texts.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Fable III is more than just bigger swords, bigger farts and more blood, says Lionhead Studios lead Peter Molyneux. It's about touching people, kingly responsibility and... OK, it also has bigger weapons and more vicious wind-breaking action.
Molyneux says that the third entry in the Xbox (and PC) role-playing game series is going to address, in his words, the "messy, horrible, atrocious mistakes of Fable II." In Fable III—set 60 years after the events of the previous game—there's a less obtrusive HUD, less reliance on digging through menus, and a greater focus on action than RPG, trading the raw numbers of experience points for "followers."
As you form and foster relationships with people by performing quests for them, they'll become your followers in the second half of the game, when you overthrow the current king, becoming the ruler of Albion yourself. That's the questing option.
The grind option for gaining followers to carry into the game's second half can be accomplished with the Fable III "expressions" system. This expanded gameplay mechanic from Fable II lets you dance with, marry, or get drunk with any of Albion's citizens. Get them so drunk that they'll becoming violently ill if you choose. Fart viciously directly into their faces for an uncomfortable length of time.
Respect you or repulsed by you, Fable III's citizens will follow you.
Molynuex showed us a quick demonstration of one of the game's numerous quests that occurs during the revolutionary half of the game, focusing on the combat of Fable III. There was still the same emphasis on hand-to-hand combat, mixed with gunplay and spells. Fable III's new magic gloves let the player cast elemental spells, among other things, mixing and matching them for a variety of effects.
We got a chance to poke around the land of Albion, not using a paper map, but with a huge magnifying glass, zooming in and out of its forests, mountain ranges and plains in a Google Maps-like view.
Later in Fable III, as the king (or queen) of Albion, you'll have the option to behave as you like, benevolent ruler of selfish son of a bitch. Either keep your promises to your followers or not. Turn the backbreaking factories of Albion into schools for children or raze the land and do with it as you wish.
Paint your royal castle pink, if you like, Molyneux says, or throw a weeks-long party in the style of Henry VIII by draining Albion's coffers of their wealth for frivolous endeavors. Kings and queens can go to war with Albion's neighboring continents, like the nearby land of Aurora. Can they rule that land as well? Molyneux wouldn't say.
Fable III also improves how a player can make himself or herself look, thanks to the addition of the Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary is your prettier replacement for the game's start button. No longer will players delve into layered menus to alter their appearance or choose their weapons. In Fable III, they'll enter a virtual dressing room, guided by the butler Jasper, voiced by John Cleese. This is where players can customize their clothing, hairstyles and armaments.
Women, Molynuex says, will look "as a woman should," in Fable III, less like slightly different looking men. Better wardrobe options and better hairstyles await the fairer sex in this Fable.
There's much more to Fable III, including a much improved cooperative gameplay system for online and local play, and still-unspecified, still-unconfirmed support for Xbox 360's Kinect camera. With the game planned for a release in the fall of 2010 on Windows PC and the Xbox 360, we'll know much more about what else Fable III brings to the series soon.
Until then, catch up on our other big Fable III preview from X10 for more.
Looking at concepts for products can be kind of maddening, because no matter how clever they are, or how much sense they make, they're still just fancy renders. So seeing this self-standing toothbrush: really, really frustrating.
I don't consider my bathroom sink dirty, really, but still, every morning and every night, I gently set my toothbrush down so that its bristles are hanging over the basin. But the DEWS toothbrush, designed by Ryan and Harc, has a fat, weighted handle that keeps it perpetually upright, like one of those inflated punching clowns you bopped when you were a kid.
It's such a smart idea, it's infuriating it doesn't really exist. And if the designers had made it so that I could snap off that fat handle and use it as a protective little cap to keep my bristles clean when I was traveling—my other big toothbrush design nitpick—well, I'd be so angry I'd probably punch through my computer screen. [Yanko Design]
Rejoice User! Devin won’t be keeling over from
auto-erotic asphyxiation after all. The TRON controllers that he saw at E3 and threatened to hold his breath over? Well, they are going to be for sale. To be honest, I haven’t considered replacing my stock Xbox 360 controllers until this point, but now I’m afraid I have no choice.
The controllers will be available this coming fall for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii for around $50 each. PC gamers will be able to pick up a TRON-themed keyboard and mouse from Razer (no shock there or word on pricing), and Monster is making some headphones ($350) and an iPod dock ($50). There’s even going to be a TRON-related iPhone app, believe it or not. Sounds like Disney is leaving no CPU unturned where the marketing is concerned. And while I hate to admit it, I’m buying into it all.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
New York City is a bustling metropolis and tourist destination, but in EA's Crysis 2 it's the front line of an alien assault. These new screens depict the otherworldly attack on the city that never sleeps -- with enemies that don't either. They wreak havoc day and (in this case) night.
Currently on display at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, Homage 1 is a fully poseable Transformer created by Dustin Wallace as a unique artistic toy. But what’s unique about it you ask? Well for starters it’s entirely made from machined aluminum, so not only does it look way cooler than the plastic versions you’ll find in the toy aisle, but the pointy bits also give you a reason to never let it fall into little peanut-butter covered hands. It transforms from a loose interpretation of a jet to a 17-inch tall robot, and while the ‘commercial’ I’ve included below showing it being transformed isn’t as exciting as the ones I grew up with in the 80’s, it doesn’t make me want one any less.
And there’s good news if you do want one and have an extra $800 laying around! Homage 1 is available for purchase, and will be custom made once ordered taking about 3 to 4 weeks to complete. But once 100 of them are produced, that’s it.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
You wouldn't want to mess with this robot. Weighing 90kg, and standing 2m tall, this robot was created from the designer's very first car, a Lada Samara Diva. Check out what it looked like before it transformed:
It sure as hell took them long enough, but Gran Turismo 5 is really, finally coming to the PS3 — and you can celebrate the occasion with the Gran Turismo 5 Collector's Edition ($100). It includes a copy of the 3D-capable game, a 1:43 scale diecast 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec V, a GT keychain, a voucher for five downloadable high-end cars, a 300-page guide covering everything from car history to driving techniques. November can't get here fast enough.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The new smaller, slimmer Xbox 360 will ship this week and be available in stores in a few days. Everyone at the E3 event got one for FREE!! Including our own Matt and Justin. This unit comes with the 250 GB hard drive, built in WiFi for the same price of $299. Kinect will launch on Nov. 4th. Twitter is blowing up with the exciting news and most of the comments are very positive for both the new Xbox and Kinect. Most are surprised that Microsoft managed to keep all of this a secret. Thanks to Major Nelson for providing photos of the new Xbox on his flicker account.